Caleb Ewan let loose a roar when he crossed the end line to assert now not best his first UCI win of the season however the first victory in virtually 12 months. The Australian sprinter used to be the quickest within the stressful bunch dash end on degree 1 of the Excursion of Oman.
Ewan’s remaining two presences on best of a UCI podium have been on the Van Merksteijn Fences Vintage in Might 2023, and GP de Fourmies in September 2022.
“I felt excellent. It is been perhaps seven or 8 months since my remaining victory, after which ahead of that, most likely some other seven or 8 months. So just one win within the remaining most likely 12 months or a 12 months and a part, ” Ewan instructed flobikes and different media on the end in Muscat.
“I wished the arrogance and I believe it is excellent that my new staff has the arrogance as neatly. So nice feeling to start out like this.”
The drive to ship used to be construction the 11-time Grand Excursion degree winner who re-joined Staff Jayco-AlUla after a hard 2023. The 12 months seemed promising when the 29-year-old received the Australian Criterium Championship remaining month however then he used to be struck by way of an sickness within the lead-up to the WorldTour opener, the Excursion Down Below, the place his highest hanging used to be fourth on degree 1.
Including to the drive is the truth that the primary Oman degree, a flat 181.5km affair, used to be the one likelihood for the sprinters to polish within the race.
“I have felt excellent all 12 months to be truthful and within the sprinting now, clearly, everybody’s so excellent that you just in reality must get it proper each time. And nowadays, we were given it proper and pulled it off.”
The Excursion of Oman could also be the primary time that Ewan raced along with his leadout guy Max Walsheid who used to be introduced in from Cofidis to reinforce the staff’s dash educate. The similar squad can be taking over seven-day WorldTour race, Tirreno-Adriatico, in early March. Ewan received a degree on the Italian degree race in 2022.
With a win below his belt, he’ll focal point on the remainder of the season, beginning with the use of the hilly phases in Oman to his benefit.
“I stated to one among my teammates, I am hoping I’m going to win nowadays as a result of having the burden off my shoulders within the climbs will make it so much more uncomplicated. And I believe while you trip round with just a little extra self belief and simply having that drive off it is gonna make it so much more uncomplicated. And now the remainder of the race I will in reality focal point on going slightly deep in numerous the phases and simply roughly construct my shape.”
“This 12 months I in reality wish to come again to my highest and optimistically that is the beginning of it.”